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Leading my horse – not vice versa

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When I lead Oakey, I do fine as long as we're going straight or turning left (I lead from his right side) but when I try to turn right, he'll step up and go in front of me, blocking me from going right and dragging me where I don't want to go. How do I overcome this issue?
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Walk with a riding crop in your hand and if he starts moving forward tap him on the chest, or give a short jerk on the lead. That's what I do with my draft. Sometimes I walk slower than he likes and he'll move out ahead or if he thinks he's done with whatever we are doing he'll try to move in front of me.

I just put him back in place and we keep on. Don't make a big deal about getting your horse back at your side. Sometimes they take it as a game, to get you to react to them. Some sort of, I'm the boss of you game horses like to come up with!
 

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Excellent! Very good news.

Now, be prepared for the next thing he will do to test you. Like backing, stopping, etc.

Good times. :lol:
 
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